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Interesting reads

FA Newsletters:

  • Spring 2013 Newsletter (ONLINE EDITION) includes summary of Spring 2013 – faculty standing up!, Sticking points and District’s Last, Best and Final Offer, Statement from Calendar Committee and statistics that support winter success rates; statement by Lana Fields, Message to part-timers, Behind the Scenes in the FA Office
  • Fall 2012 Newsletter  includes Negotiations Update of Nov. 7, state-wide faculty salary comparisons, unabridged faculty responses to survey
  • FA Letter to Faculty, Students, Staff about Calendar (9/5/12)
  • Summer 2012 includes Emergency All-Campus Meeting, Updated Summary of Basic Budget Issues, Associated Students Resolution on Winter Intersession
  • April-May 2012 includes PCC Class Cuts Mean Less Access for Students and Loss of Faculty Jobs, Fired Retirees Are Fighting Back, Welcome to PCC…Now Sign Away Your Privacy Rights, Part-Time Update
  • February-March 2012 includes Our Leadership Moment in a Time of Crisis, letters from faculty to Board of Trustees and responses 
  • November-December 2011 includes Part Time Faculty Concerns About Elimination of Winter Intersession, PCC Admin Fumbles on Large Group Instruction, Cash Flow & Sweeps
  • September-October 2011 includes Troublesome Questions Regarding College Realignment, Budget Basics, CALSTRS Pension News

Articles recommended by the FA:

AAUP Sees MOOC’s as Spawning New Threats to Professors’ Intellectual Property,  Chronicle of Higher Ed, June 13, 2013

Long Beach City College Student Rep Declares War on BOTs…, OC Weekly, May 9, 2013

CCSF Faculty Unions File Complaint , May, 2013

The Neo-Liberal Assault on Academia, April 2013

Long Beach City College Students Seek Recall of 4 LBCC Trustees, Contra Costa Times,  April, 24, 2013

Students Ready to Fight Bill that would Create Higher-Fe Classes, LA Times, April, 20, 2013

Chronicle of Higher Education “Seeking to Mend Relations, Pasadena City President Offers Coffee to Faculty Critics ” – April 12, 2013

California Adviser Placed on Leave Pending Investigation – April 3, 2013

Opinion: A Crisis at Pasadena City College – – April 3, 2013

PCC’s Vote of No Confidence press clips – March 2013

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Gone Wild – Investigative Report from City College of San Francisco, February 25, 2013

CCSF Students Occupy Conlan Hall in protest to accreditation process, Golden Gate Xpress, Feb. 21, 2013

Brown Seeks to Reshape California’s Community Colleges, LA Times, Jan. 20, 2013

Adjunct Project Shows Wide Range in PayThe Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 4, 2013

Carnegie, the Founder of the Credit Hour, Seeks Its Makeover, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 5, 2012

New National Tally of College Completion Tries to Count All Students, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 15, 2012 (Summary: completion rates indicate that CCs are doing much better than what is traditionally measured.)

Adjuncts Build Strength in Numbers – the new majority generates a shift in academic culture, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 7, 2012

Local Community College Presidents Earn Hundreds of Thousands in Salary, Benefits, Pasadena Star News, Oct 6, 2012

Students, Faculty Protest Long Beach City College Cuts, Contra Costa, Sep 25, 2012

Rejecting Test Scores as a Core Value,  LA Times, Sep 21, 2012

City College of SF’s Woes Help Trigger a Shared Governance Tussle in CA, Inside  Higher Ed, Sep 21, 2012

Quebec’s Striking Students Have Won, Business Insider, Sep 22, 2012

Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law NPR, Sep 14, 2012

Chicago Public Teachers Stage Historic Strike in Clash with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Education Reforms Democracy Now,  Sep 10, 2012

How to Climb Down From Top-Down Leadership, Academe, American Association of University Professors

Shared Governance in the California Community Colleges, Academe, July-Aug 2002 American Association of University Professors

Faculty-to Faculty Recommended Reading:

Letter to the Editor: PCC President, board, making poor decisions, Pasadena Star News, May 25, 2013

Letter to the Editor: A PCC teacher responds to the controversy, Pasadena Star News, May 14, 2013

Opinion: A Crisis at Pasadena City College, SGV, April 3, 2013

Heads Rolling Down at PCCInland Valley Daily Bulletin, June 21, 2012

Austerity Education: The Real Agenda of Pathways, Professional Staff Congress of City University of New York, Oct. 2012

Students are not Commodities, Education is not a Business,(Part II) Courier, Oct. 24, 2012

Budget Crisis an Excuse for Draconian Changes, (Part I) Courier, Oct 17, 2012

Shared Governance a Casualty of Rushed Decision on Winter, Courier, Sep 5, 2012

Almost with a Smile, West Accepts Bus Sked Compromise. Residents Don’t The Front Page Online,  March 8, 2011

 Billions to Spend – How a $5.7 billion program to rebuild L.A. community colleges went astray LA Times, Feb 25, 2011

Salkin’s Advice to the City on West L.A. City College: Sue The Front Page Online, July 26, 2010

West L.A. College College President Mark Rocha Joins the Exodus Culver City Crossroads, June 10, 2010

Are they listening? Past letters / speeches to the PCC Board:

Letter to Mark Rocha in response to his letter to faculty; also see: “Personal Letter to My Faculty Colleagues” April, 9, 2013 from Mark Rocha

12 Letters read at the Board of Trustees Meeting (4/3/2013)

Email re: adjunct faculty to Board of Trustees (11/13/12)

Public comment from FA – Negotiations Summary and Impasse Reached (10/3/2012)

Foreign Languages Division letter about mid-year Winter semester cut (9/18/2012)

FA Letter to Board to postpone vote on new calendar (8/28/2012)

PCCFA Letter to Board of Trustees to save the Winter intersession (August 28, 2012)

PCCFA Letter to Board of Trustees to not act on austerity measures and  to save collegial deliberations and not (July 18, 2012)


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  1. I think the attached link (which in turn offers links to further details of the top-down community college reform playing out in NY) would be of interest to faculty. Perhaps this could provide an opportunity for a shared action between the folks at CUNY, PCC, and elsewhere–CUNY seems to be facing a very similar crisis as PCC, and they appear to be organizing far more effectively than we have to publicize and resist imposed changes that seriously erode educational quality and academic freedom in the name of efficient “completion.”

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